Top Wineries in Napa Valley

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Napa Valley is the great American wine region. But with more than 500 wineries — and the tasting fees aren’t cheap — it can be hard to decide where to go. So we’ve narrowed it down for you with this list of our 20 favorite destinations.

New additions to the list in 2023 include Amizetta, an under-the-radar estate that secretly has one of the best views in Napa; Brown Estate, the valley’s first Black-owned winery; Newfound, a Grenache specialist that just opened a lovely tasting room; and Tres Sabores, where visitors sit at picnic tables and mingle with adorable goats.

Note that virtually all Napa wineries now require reservations, so be sure to plan ahead. There are a few exceptions to that rule, which we’ve noted.

Faust Wines

Come for the vibe, stay for the wine. The Faust Haus is one of Napa Valley’s most boldly stylized tasting experiences. A refurbished 1870s Victorian mansion has been outfitted with lavish interiors meant to recall the sensual pleasures sought by its
namesake, Dr. Faustus, the literary character who made a pact with the devil. Like Flowers, its sister winery in Healdsburg, it’s highly Instagrammable. In addition to the standard tasting ($75), Faust offers a courtyard picnic ($100) and an immersive experience with a tour, barrel tasting and food pairing ($150). The basement of the mansion has a stone-walled speakeasy that’s purportedly haunted.